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Officials: Make It A Safe 4th

Officials are stressing safety for people and pets on Independence Day. 

Evansville Police say in a news release that with all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired.

Police say you should designate, or be, a sober driver, call a cab or a ridesharing service, or use public transportation if possible.

If you see an impaired driver, you’re urged to steer clear of the vehicle and call 911.

Meantime, the Vanderburgh Humane Society is reminding pet owners that the Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous holidays for animals.

The society says don't leave pets unattended outdoors because you can’t control when or where someone shoots off fireworks, and even the most laid-back pets can bolt out of fear.

You’re also urged to make sure pets have a collar with ID tags.

And be sure to keep animals restrained if you set-off fireworks at your home, and pick up all debris so your pet doesn't ingest anything dangerous.